humpback

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n humpback large whalebone whale with long flippers noted for arching or humping its back as it dives
    • n humpback a person whose back is hunched because of abnormal curvature of the upper spine
    • n humpback an abnormal backward curve to the vertebral column
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Humpback whales are capable of living up to 95 years
    • Humpback A crooked back; a humped back.
    • Humpback A humpbacked person; a hunchback.
    • Humpback (Zoöl) A small salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), of the northwest coast of America; the humpbacked salmon.
    • Humpback (Zoöl) Any whale of the genus Megaptera, characterized by a hump or bunch on the back. Several species are known. The most common ones in the North Atlantic are Megaptera longimana of Europe, and Megaptera osphyia of America; that of the California coasts is Megaptera versabilis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Humpback whales are the only ones that use bubbles to help capture their prey. The bubbles trap fish in a spot for feeding whales.
    • n humpback A crooked or hunched back.
    • n humpback One who has a crooked back; a hunchback.
    • n humpback A humpbacked whale of the genus Megaptera.
    • n humpback In ichthyology, a salmon of the genus Oncorhynchus, O. gorbuscha, more fully called humpbacked salmon. See salmon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The low frequency call of the humpback whale is the loudest noise made by a living creature. The call of the humpback whale is louder than Concorde and can be heard from 500 miles away.
    • n Humpback a back with a hump or hunch: a person with a humpback
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Hunchback
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. a nasalised form of heap.

Usage

In literature:

The long arms of the humpback slowly rose, and Tessibel sang herself into the throbbing bosom of her father.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Now they show their great humpbacks more plainly, as if they had drawn nearer to us.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
As the rubber expanded Aleck's coat went up with it, until it looked as if the man was humpbacked.
"The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle" by Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
There were once two companions who were humpbacks, but one more so than the other.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
He's humpbacked or something, and looks like a tiger.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Humpbacks in sight, steering north-west!
"A Memory Of The Southern Seas" by Louis Becke
In an instant he brings his glass to bear, 'Humpbacks!
"Rídan The Devil And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
But he was not as wise as the humpbacked Manitou.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
And you never in your life saw a humpback make better time than he did.
"The Mascot of Sweet Briar Gulch" by Henry Wallace Phillips
Twice more he struck the humpbacked boy with the whip, and then threw him on the floor.
"Rufus and Rose" by Horatio Alger, Jr
It is Luther's church he means, and the humpbacked discourse of Seaghan Calvin's Bible.
"The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays" by William B. Yeats
Before he could set himself the sorrel went up again with a weaving, humpbacked twist.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
He was very tall and thin, narrow in the chest, and so round in the shoulders as to appear to be almost humpbacked.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
This humpback, which is a result of tuberculous inflammation of the spine, must not be confounded with the humpback caused by rickets.
"Prof. Koch's Method to Cure Tuberculosis Popularly Treated" by Max Birnbaum
When it has reached its third year the humpbacked animal is counted old enough to begin its life of labor.
"Harper's Young People, August 3, 1880" by Various
And over on another road a long procession of humpbacked brown toads were plodding eastward.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
Did you find the constable or succeed in laying hands on that scamp of a humpback?
"Hand and Ring" by Anna Katharine Green
He was humpbacked, squinting, and lame, and his horns stood up under his wig.
"Devil Stories" by Various
All other species of balaenopterid whales, except humpback whales have but a single ridge.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
A great many humpback whales inhabit the Indian Ocean in the stretch of sea, nearly a thousand miles long, separating Durban from Capetown.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray
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In poetry:

Rocks, in which the storm is hooting,
Thrust a humpbacked murder over;
Bristling heaths, dead thistles shooting,
Raven-haunted gibbets cover:
"Pre-Ordination" by Madison Julius Cawein
Whales in the wake like capes and Alps
Quaked the sick sea and snouted deep,
Deep the great bushed bait with raining lips
Slipped the fins of those humpbacked tons
"Ballad Of The Long-Legged Bait" by Dylan Thomas
Whose hopes are so low they are comfortable —
The humpback in his small, washed cottage
Under the spokes of the clematis.
Is there no great love, only tenderness?
Does the sea
"Mystic" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

The flukes of a Humpback whale.
In nearly a quarter century studying humpback whales, researcher Fred Sharpe has witnessed a remarkable recovery.
It's humpback whale season in Hawaii.
Humpback Whale Population Rises.
Humpback whales are often seen in California around this time of year, but rarely are they seen coming out of the water in such a dramatic fashion.
A helicopter camera spotted a white humpback whale in the.
Humpback whale stranded on Wallops Island.
The 30-40 foot long humpback whale had to be euthanized.
Baby Humpback Whale dies at White Rock beach.
An immature humpback whale believed to be between the ages of 1-2 years old has washed ashore in White Rock Tuesday morning.
Humpback whale population has tripled off Brazil coast in 10 years: institute.
One focus of WCS's Ocean Giants program is humpback whale s in the South Atlantic and Indian oceans.
Humpback whale s inhabit all of the world's oceans, but are more numerous in the Southern Hemisphere.
The huge humpback whale whose friendliness precipitated a surreal seven-year — so far — federal hunt for criminality surely did not feel put upon.
Yesterday we were worried when a humpback whale swam into the Hudson river.
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